preliterate

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pre·lit·er·ate

 (prē-lĭt′ər-ĭt)
adj.
Of, relating to, or being a culture not having a written language.
n.
A person belonging to such a culture.

preliterate

(priːˈlɪtərɪt)
adj
(Anthropology & Ethnology) relating to a society that has not developed a written language
preliteracy n

pre•lit•er•ate

(priˈlɪt ər ɪt)

adj.
1. lacking a written language; nonliterate: a preliterate culture.
2. occurring before the development or use of writing.
[1920–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.preliterate - not yet having acquired the ability to read and write
illiterate - not able to read or write
2.preliterate - used of a society that has not developed writing
noncivilised, noncivilized - not having a high state of culture and social development